A Horse Called Hero

Published by Macmillan Children's Books

It is 1940. As the Second World War escalates and London becomes a target for German bombs, Dodo and her horse-mad little brother Wolfie are evacuated to the country, away from everything they know. After weeks of homesick loneliness, they come across an orphaned foal. They name the horse Hero for surviving against the odds and together they raise him, train him, and learn to ride.

Their days are suddenly full of excitement, but the shadow of war looms over them and soon Hero must live up to his name . . .

A Horse Called Hero was short listed for the Ealing Readers Awards & the Hillingdon Book Award the Spellbind Book 2014, It was long listed for the Redbridge Book Award.


“Immaculately researched and based on true events, Angus’s novel has all the warmth, charm and poignancy of The Railway Children and is a wonderful addition to children’s wartime classic fiction.” (Lancashire Evening Post)

“New title from Soldier Dog author with much appeal to Morporgo fans. Great writing, heroic animals and wartime adventure.” (The Bookseller’s Buyers Guide)

coal miners and pit pony, 1913“I absolutely loved this book, could not put it down! A mixture of happiness & sadness.”

“This book had me in tears, floods of them and so brilliantly written.”

“Really great book….read it within two nights. Once you have started you just won’t be able to put it down. You will want to find out what happens to solve and hero. Five star rating.”



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